Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
Racoon Bandit are quickly gaining steam in the non-steam era. The Charlottetown folk-rock quartet formed in 2009 in a well-lit porch. Started from story songs and travel tales between songwriters Fraser McCallum, Adam Gallant and Roger Carter, the full band maintains poetic lyrics within a driving rhythm section, three-part harmonies, and gripping guitar flashes. Equal parts folk-rock and alt-pop, the Bandits’ sound has drawn comparisons to early Neil Young, Frightened Rabbit and Wilco.
ECMA nominees in 2011 for Alternative Recording of the Year and winners of the 2011 Music PEI Video of the Year, Racoon Bandit has shared the stage with many great acts including Hannah Georgas, Two Hours Traffic, Dave Myles, In-Flight Safety, The Grass Mountain Hobos and Erin Costelo.
Featured prominently on CBC Radio 1, 2+ 3, the Bandits had ‘Train song’ chosen as the Radio 3 ‘Track of the Day’ on April 29, 2010 and have showcased at the ECMA’s, Halifax Pop Explosion and Toronto’s Canadian Music Week.
Currently the Island gents are mere days away from a new release, a full-length collection of pop-rock and alt-country songs that features Carter, McCallum and Gallant sharing writing and singing duties. Entitled Into the hills, the self-produced album will be released on March 26, 2011 on Collagen Rock Records. Select tour dates in Eastern Canada will follow.